Wednesdays are Jude and mama days. I don't work, he doesn't have preschool and I try my hardest to make it a fun day for both of us. A few Wednesdays ago, I asked Jude if he'd like to make a craft and he said, "Yes, I want to make a boat." This is what we came up with. I originally had no intention of blogging it (sometimes that gets in the way of our fun) but this was such a blast for both of us I simply had to share it. Be prepared for hours of fun. Seriously, this might be my all time favorite kid craft. Especially because when you are finished you have a toy!
DIY Cork Boats
- corks, the more the merrier (about 13 per boat)
- craft foam
- tooth picks and bamboo skewers
- permanent markers
- hot glue
- optional - string
- Cut a rectangle of craft foam, about 4" x 6" for each boat you plan to make.
- Attach about 12 corks to the foam with hot glue. (Note, first we tried regular glue and it was not very sea worthy)
- Cut a square of foam for the sail (about 6" x 6") and decorate it with markers.
- Thread your sail onto a skewer, add a small triangle of foam for a flag. (Depending on the length of your skewer you might want to trim an inch or more off the top.)
- Using the markers, draw a sailor (pirate, what have you) onto a cork. Poke a toothpick into the bottom so that they can stand on the boat.
- Assemble your ship! Stab the sail down through the foam and into one of the corks. With your little sailor, stab him through the foam in between the corks.
- Optional, tie a line around your mast.
- Set sail for the high seas and grand adventure!
I should add that we took these up to my grandma's pool and they were a blast, the wind would catch them and send them racing! They are also regular visitors to bath time!